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JetPens Tomoe River Kanso Sasshi Booklet Review

JetPens Tomoe River Kanso Sasshi Booklet

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

Sometimes my favorite pocket notebooks don't play nice with fountain pens, and sometimes they don't have enough pages for my project, and sometimes JetPens comes to the rescue and puts 48 sheets (96 pages) of 52 gsm Tomoe River paper into a beautiful pocket-sized notebook.

JetPens Tomoe River Kanso Sasshi Booklet Inside

The Kanso Sasshi boolklets are minimalistic with just enough branding that I don't end up writing in it upside down or backwards. The name Kanso Sasshi translates into "simplicity booklet" and that is indeed what you get--a pack of two simple notebooks. The covers are embossed in silver with the branding on the front and at the bottom of the back. They are staple-bound with a soft cardstock cover. The pages are blank, but each book comes with its own line guide that can be placed behind the page.

JetPens Tomoe River Kanso Sasshi Booklet Writing

The paper, naturally, is a dream to write on. It works well with any writing instrument with no bleeding or feathering. There is substantial show-through with darker inks, but not enough to deter me from using both sides of the page. It would be trickier, though, to see the line guide through the back side of a page that had a lot of dark ink on it. The well-coated paper has a long dry time for liquid inks and some inks may smear on its smooth surface. If you're using your booklet for quick notes, you may want to have a square of blotting paper handy.

JetPens Tomoe River Kanso Sasshi Booklet Back

This wee book ticks a lot of my wishlist boxes in a pocket notebook. It makes a perfect travel journal for when you want to pack light, or a planning book for a longer project, or notes for a conference. It can be used as a sketchbook or journal. It's packed with practicality. My only concern is that it might not be as durable as some pocket notebooks. As wonderful as Tomoe River paper is, it's not terribly hardy when it comes to the rough-and-tumble life of a pocket notebook. My notebooks tend to look like they've seen a war by the time I'm done with them, and this book may be too delicate to live in my pocket. As an insert in a traveler-style cover, though, it would be protected and fabulous. So maybe I just need (another) one of those. And then a bunch more of these.

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JetPens Tomoe River Kanso Sasshi Booklet Back Cover
Posted on March 15, 2018 and filed under JetPens, Tomoe River, Notebook Reviews.

JetPens Mini Aluminum Fountain Pen Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

The mini fountain pen market is full of interesting, delightful pens that can easily fit in a pants pocket, wallet, and an endless amount of other tight spaces. From my experience, the main issue that mini fountain pens (or mini pens in general) face is usability. Sure, it's a small pen, but is it enjoyable to use or simply something to use in a pinch?

When I first picked up the JetPens Mini Aluminum fountain pen, I was charmed by how much it reminded me of a miniature Pilot Metropolitan. I'm a sucker for miniature versions of just about everything, so this immediately delighted me. The second thing that struck me about this pen was how solid it felt in the hand. For being so small, it has a perfect weight. The body is made of a laquered aluminum, which makes it heavier than plastic, but lighter than brass.

The model I have is black, but you can also get these little pens in white or gold. Regardless of the body color, the grip section is always black.

JetPens worked with Regal to produce these pens, and it looks like that partnership worked out great. I have another Regal fountain pen, and I was impressed by how well it performed for the price. Keeping this pen under $15 makes it very attractive to buyers who are new to fountain pens, but it also makes it attractive to anyone looking for an inexpensive pocket pen.

The cap of the pen is secured using a snap mechanism, and it has been solid in my use. Unfortunately, posted the cap isn't as secure as I'd like it to be. Several times while writing, the cap fell off and bounced across the table or onto the floor. I really wish the cap was secure when posted, but this just isn't the case. In most cases, I don't post my pens, but I normally always post when using a mini pen. With the JetPens Mini, the body by itself is too short for me to use comfortably for more than jotting down a quick note.

Being a mini pen, a strong clip is essential. Luckily, the Mini fountain pen has a great clip that keeps it secured to whatever you clip it to.

The grip section is plastic, and it feels comfortable to my hand. The grip on this pen is small, but that's to be expected. It feels like writing with a Kaweco Liliput to me. This isn't the ideal pen for writing a novel, but it works great if you're writing something between a short note to a page or two of notes. The key with any small pen is to remember to loosen your grip and not strain your fingers. Difficult advice for me to follow sometimes!

The JetPens Mini accepts international short cartridges, and it also accepts mini converters. On the JetPens site, they recommend a Monteverde Mini converter. I've never used this converter, but it has good reviews. I'll probably shell out the three dollars in my next order so I can have some more ink freedom with this fun little pen.

The Mini is only available with an EF nib, and I've been extremely happy with mine. The ink flows well, the nib feels smooth, and the lines are crisp. It's everything I expect from a steel EF nib. There's very little decoration on the nib apart from the Regal imprint and the nib size information.

At $12.50, this pen is an excellent deal. It's small, it writes well, and it feels great in the hand. In the mini fountain pen world, it's one of my favorites. It doesn't edge out the Kaweco Liliput or Sport, but it packs a solid punch. Throw one of these in your cart next time you place a JetPens order. It's a delightful pen!

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Posted on February 1, 2017 and filed under JetPens, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.

Accessories for Planning and Travel

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

Over the last several months, I've accumulated numerous accessories that I use for planning and travel. Some I use every day, others occasionally, but all of them are quite useful.

Washi Tape

I love washi tape. It can be used for so many things–marking cables, attaching photos, decorating items. Mark's Maste Washi Tape and collection boxes are wonderful. The box holds the tape and has a serrated edge so you can easily cut the tape without having to use scissors. $14.40 for a set of 8 tapes. $13.75 for the collection box in either black or ivory.

I like to use washi tape to mark special occasions in my Hobonichi planner, such as an upcoming trip to France with my daughter. The camera washi tape is $3.35 on JetPens.

Sticky Notes and Stickers

I can't get enough of these. I found the Paris sticky notes ($5.75) before Christmas and put them in my daughter's stocking and kept a set for myself.

I also use tiny stickers in my planner to mark special dates like birthdays, holidays, etc. The Kurochiku puffy cat stickers are $5.50, Pine Book Kraft Stickers are $2.65, and Midori Film Sticky Notes Birds are $6.75 on Jet Pens.

Adventure Log

Word Notebooks come in many different designs. But I wanted the Adventure Log to record our trip to France. I used some washi tape and my Paris sticky notes to decorate the outside of my notebook. $9.99 on JetPens.

RayMay Swingcut Scissors

I love this set of titanium-coated scissors which are small enough to carry in the pocket of your planner or in a purse/backpack. They are sharp and comfortable to use. $15.50 on JetPens.

Sun-Star Stickyle Pen-Style Stapler

I never seem to have a stapler when I need one, so this portable stapler is terrific. Although it's called a "pen-style" stapler, it's much thicker than a pen. Still, it fits well in a medium-sized purse, and will definitely work in a backpack. At one end is a compartment for extra staples.

The other end is the stapler itself. Simply lift the hinged top, push the button forward (this moves a plate underneath the staple so it will bend when you press down), put your paper in and press.

The staples are small, so you obviously can't use this for large documents or really thick paper. But for a few sheets, ticket stubs, and other small things it works well. $9.90 on JetPens.

Kutsuwa Stad Double Template

This foldable stencil is great to slip into a pocket of your planner. You can use it to make boxes, circles, letters and other designs in your planner. $2.50 on JetPens.

Sketchy Notebook Master Collection Templates and Sketchbook

Sketchy Notebook Templates originated on Kickstarter, but you can order a master pack (6 templates and one notebook for $35) here. The master collection includes lined style, grid style, storyboard, perspective grid, iPhone app mockup and website mockup templates. These templates make using unlined paper fun and simple.

The Sketchy Notebook contains 240 blank, tearable pages with 80 gsm acid-free paper. There's an elastic band to keep the notebook closed when not in use. Plus, the expandable envelope in the back contains two cardboard ruler bookmarks. The paper is creamy and fountain-pen friendly (juicy nibs don't bleed through, but there's definitely show through). I can use this notebook for fountain pen testing, ink swabs, and occasional sketches. I may even bring it to France and pretend I'm an artist.

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ArtBird Crossbody Sling

The ArtBird Crossbody Sling $24.95 will be perfect for my trip to France. I'm planning to use my iPhone as my primary camera, so I bought Moment Lenses and a Moment Case for it. My iPhone, all three Moment lenses, and my Adventure Log will all fit easily into this bag.

(JetPens provided these products at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

Posted on January 29, 2016 and filed under JetPens, Pen Reviews.